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ADMIN posted a blog entry in FDF Online NewsAfter eagerly waiting for the UEFA Champions League draws for the quarter-finals, we finally have the table in front of us. The Champions League quarter-finals are set ð« Happy? #UCL pic.twitter.com/NQRf7Flh0o — Goal (@goal) March 15, 2019 While the rest of the contests look pretty decent, our major focus instantly shifted to the matches between Lionel Messi's Barcelona FC and Paul Pogba's Manchester United that are destined to take place on 9th April (Leg 1) and 16th April. Keeping in mind the performances carried out by two of the most historically prestigious football clubs in the recent past it is safe to say that Messi and Co. clearly have the upper hand. Case in point, Barcelona's previous match up against Lyon which the Spanish giants easily cruised past after winning 5-1 on aggregate. With Messi coming back to form in the second leg as he scored two goals and assisted twice, things don't seem to be getting any easier for the Red Devils. On the other hand, Manchester United have proven their true worth to those who underestimated them during their duel against Mbappe's Paris Saint-Germain. We scoured the internet to check out exactly how the fans from both sides reacted to the draw and the results are hilarious: Overjoyed Barcelona Fans: Rip Man United — Messi ð (@loyalmessi) March 15, 2019 Thank you Jessssssssssssuuuuussssssðððð we're through — Saucererð (@ghermaine__) March 15, 2019 I foresee an easy gameðððð...LOL ðð — Yusuf Olatunji (@Yusuf_Olatunji2) March 15, 2019 It's coming home ðªð — Leoð (@ProudCule1) March 15, 2019 RIP IN ADVANCE MAN U — Keith (@Keith58808029) March 15, 2019 Depressed and Gloomy Manchester United Fans: Dear @ChampionsLeague, Thanks for the memories but it's time to say goodbye... — Himansh (@GunnarMindset) March 15, 2019 pic.twitter.com/xmGFPvZKpy — Esoâ (@EsoKachikwu) March 15, 2019 pic.twitter.com/TMr5fN8wDV — Leo Carter ð¾ðª (@LeoCarter27) March 15, 2019 pic.twitter.com/TMr5fN8wDV — Leo Carter ð¾ðª (@LeoCarter27) March 15, 2019 My brother when I told they'd drawn Barcelona ðð pic.twitter.com/2LKqcF1fPj — William (@talibanscum) March 15, 2019 pic.twitter.com/sItdB4e1eu — Koyin ð³ð¬ (@K0YIN) March 15, 2019
ADMIN posted a blog entry in FDF Online NewsWhen legendary Liverpool manager Bill Shankly said, “Some people think football is a matter of life and death. I don't like that attitude. I can assure them it is much more serious than that” he really meant it. So, it's quite often that we see a game as small as a Sunday League one, turn into an emotionally charged affair. With tackles flying in, passionate running and heart wrenching moments, a footballer is always fighting for something more than three points. This turns to be true for every football fan as well. Frequently considered as the '12th man' of a team, football without fans would be just eleven men kicking the ball around. However, being a fan comes at a cost. Despite the sheer agony and pleasure that one feels at the special Champions League nights and at the weekends, the dark side of the game does rear its ugly head sometimes. After witnessing the historic comeback of his beloved Manchester United in Paris, a Red Devils' fan was stabbed in the chest by a taxi driver and is undergoing emergency surgery. The 44-year old fan was travelling back to the city centre with three other supporters. Angered by their celebrations, the taxi driver threatened a female passenger with a 'large blade' before turning on a male passenger and stabbing him, leaving him to fight for his life. A man was arrested by local police in connection with the incident, but no weapon has been recovered. We understand football is not 'just a game' but this guy went way too far. Actions like these are appalling and a disgrace to mankind. We wish the victim a speedy recovery and hope UEFA & FIFA will make joint efforts in order to ensure the safety of travelling fans in future.
Treading his way to becoming one of the finest footballers of the current generation, France's Kylian Mbappe is shutting down all those who doubted Paris Saint-Germain's ability to play without their leader Neymar Jr., who is out due to a fractured metatarsal and Forward Edinson Cavani, who was ruled unfit to play with a thigh injury earlier in the week. In what was presumed to be a complete massacre of the visiting PSG against a rejuvenated Manchester United, the 20-year-old Frenchman led a team surrounded by scare stories of the season already coming to an end for them. But despite playing on their home ground, it felt as if the Red Devils founds themselves on foreign territory as PSG charged at them with all their might from the start. Dominating the possession of the ball for over 56% of game-time, the Saint-Germain attack slammed United goalkeeper David de Gea with five shots on target. Despite trying his best to keep ManU in the contest, de Gea was unable to prevent the two second-half goals from happening. While Presnel Kimpembe scored on a brilliant volley on the precise corner from Angel Di Maria in the 53rd minute, it was Kylian Mbappe's superhuman sprint before a top-notch finish on a Di Maria assist for the second goal that drew people's attention. Known to have a top-speed of 44.7 kmph (which was recorded during the match between PSG and Lille OSC, Mbappe zoomed past United defenders Eric Bertrand Bailly and Victor Lindelöf and covered a little over 37 yards in less than four seconds for the finish. Mbappe with his pace nets another goal for the French side. pic.twitter.com/Z1mkU12s56 — BOLUð (@beespeakz) February 12, 2019 This was the 20-year-old's 14th Champions League goal in 24 appearances, which led to the French Forward matching the legendary Ronaldo's record which he attained after playing as many as 40 games. Twitter instantly showed love towards Mbappe's quickness and the memes began to roll in: #MUNPSG Mbappe is damn fast. Mans can steal your girl, and dump her without you realising. pic.twitter.com/9I02y4U4lo — Mutebi ðªð¾ Alexð¥Katoð (@mutebilx_qato) February 12, 2019 #Mbappe went #SuperSaiyan on #ManU!#PSGMU pic.twitter.com/EUBOuk0vjZ — Aditya Pandey (@adityapandey148) February 13, 2019 “Mbappe's too fast i can't handle him” pic.twitter.com/gQGUFl8xkm — hayato akaba (@abmasayrag) February 13, 2019 Mbappe is too fast for anyone to catch him.#Flash #PSG pic.twitter.com/ia1gNCswLu — Gohar Shah (@GoharSh34542679) February 13, 2019 Mbappe is too fast for the United defence pic.twitter.com/Q3PQYpSFSB — ð BongZ DA KinG ð (@Bongani803) February 12, 2019 Mbappe is Olympic level fast. #MANPSG #Mbappé #rapid pic.twitter.com/FU9MNcDq1N — Lady Carrington (@CarrieGagen) February 12, 2019 United defenders to Mbappé: “Hey, no fair, you got fast legs. We got these little, bitty hooves.” pic.twitter.com/f5l4R2FBSR — Kevin McGuinness ð (@Guinnesszoon) February 12, 2019 How fast is Mbappe pic.twitter.com/5ylNcXcPrY — Lutho Gee Zatu (@gnkenke) February 12, 2019
ADMIN posted a blog entry in FDF Online NewsFootball, as a game, has seen many players win matches single-handedly. The top two players in the world, none other than Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo have done just that thousands of times. But with their days on top of the world now numbered, who could be the one to replace them? The young star who's been the most talked about in terms of replacing either of the two stars, is not interested in taking their place right now, instead, he wants to make a name for himself and head to the top. Already winning the World Cup as a teenager, the young prodigy, Kylian Mbappe has had a great impact in the football world. The Frenchman has also achieved a bunch of the other most prestigious awards in the footballing world till date. Be it the FIFA Young Player of the Year trophy or the 2018 French Footballer of the Year accolade, Mbappe's resume looks rather impressive for his age. © Reuters But another big test awaits the 20-year-old as his club, Paris Saint-Germain takes on a resurgent Manchester United, in their UEFA Champions League Round of 16 fixture on Tuesday night. Ahead of the match the complete forward line up of PSG, barring Mbappe, has been ruled out for both the legs due to injuries. While Neymar was already suffering from a broken metatarsal, the match against Bordeaux last weekend sent Edinson Cavani, to the treatment room, pushing Thomas Tuchel (PSG Manager) in a tight corner before the Man Utd clash. © Reuters In this crisis, PSG fans expect the young marvel Mbappe to raise his hand and take the burden on himself. Tuchel, in a recent interview, clarified his position regarding Mbappe's leadership in a pre-match press conference as he said: “We can't just place all of the burden and pressure on him, Kylian has his own qualities, it is not really his job to replace Cavani and Neymar. He can't do all three things at the same time. He can't be himself and do the other two. He has to be free to play his game, to play with confidence.” "I want us to be capable to help him to find the right support. Provide him with good passes and in my opinion, he needs to play with a good mindset. He needs to be positive and realise that it is part of his development. It is the kind of moments you really are able to develop as a player," he added. © Reuters The absence of the bigger names could somewhere force Tuchel to change the formation from 4-3-3 to 4-2-3-1, in which he could play Mbappe in the front with Angel Di Maria and Dani Alves on left attacking midfielder and right attacking Midfielder respectively. With Alves and Thilo Kehrer being the two right backs, he can surely push Alves in Mbappe's support. With Draxler in the middle and Di Maria and Alves on either side, it could definitely prove to be of some help for the centre-forward star. With that said, Mbappe has never really been in this sort of a situation earlier, especially in a game of this magnitude. Even with the national team, the depth of talent in the French squad has also ensured a solid company for the young forward. © Reuters When the draw for the last 16 was made, PSG was widely viewed as the favourites to progress with United labouring in the Premier League under Jose Mourinho. However, the caretaker boss, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer whipped his magic wand and transformed the fortunes at Old Trafford for the better. They have been undefeated for 11 consecutive matches since the Norwegian's arrival. Former Premier League star Charlie Nicholas predicts a 2-2 draw tonight. “When this draw came out, I gave Manchester United no hope - but now, under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, I think it could go either way.” Nicholas expressed to SkyBet. “The absences of Neymar and Edinson Cavani are a huge blow for PSG and a boost for United. Cavani would have caused them a ton of problems.” Another football Pundit, Steve Nicol favours Manchester United for winning the game 2-1 in his recent interview to ESPN. So we definitely know in which directions the odds are headed. © Reuters Despite all the drama in the buildup, what is certain is that we can hope for an action-packed 90 minutes tonight. All eyes will be on Mbappe, and for inspiration, he has to look only as far as the interim manager in the other dugout.